20 Reasons Why We Love Whitney Houston

February 11, 2016 marked the fourth anniversary of Whitney Houston's passing

The Guinness Book of World Records named Whitney Houston the most awarded female artist of all-time with over 600 awards during her phenomenal career. Her list of honors includes 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards (most of any female), 19 NAACP Image Awards, six Grammys, six World Music Awards, an Emmy, the Soul Train Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievement, and a BET Lifetime Achievement Award. She has sold an incredible 200 million singles and albums.

Houston's 1985 self-titled debut album is listed as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time by Rolling Stone magazine, and is on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Definitive 200 list. It is the best selling debut album by a female artist with over 25 million sales worldwide. Houston is also the only artist to have seven consecutive number one singles on the Billboard 100 chart.

Her signature song, "I Will Always Love You" from The Bodyguard soundtrack, is the best selling single in history by a female artist (20 million copies), and The Bodyguard is the most successful soundtrack ever with over 45 million sales worldwide. Houston also starred in The Bodyguard and Waiting To Exhale, and earned a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture for The Preacher's Wife co-starring Denzel Washington.

In addition to her roles in The Bodyguard, Waiting To Exhale, and The Preacher's Wife, Houston served as an executive producer for several movies with producer Debra Martin Chase, including The Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, The Cheetah Girls, The Cheetah Girls 2, and two films in which she also starred, Cinderella, and her final movie, Sparkle in 2012.

On television, she earned an Emmy in 1986 for her unforgettable performance of "I Will Always Love You" on the Grammy Awards. On January 27, 1991 Houston gave a landmark televised performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super 25 in Tampa, Florida. As United States servicemen were fighting in the Persian Gulf War, her impassioned rendition of the national anthem symbolized America's patriotism and raised millions of dollars for American soldiers and their families, as well as victims of the September 11th attacks ten years later.

On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. She was 48 years old. According to the official coroner's report, she accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. Her funeral was held February 18, 2012, at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Stevie Wonder performed "Ribbon in the Sky", and "Love's in Need of Love Today"), Alicia Keys sang "Send Me An Angel," R. Kelly sang "I Look To you," Kim Burrell performed "A Change Is Gonna Come," and CeCe Winans sang "Don't Cry" and "Jesus Loves Me."

Here are 20 Reasons Why We Love Whitney Houston."

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February 14, 1985 - Best Selling Debut Album by a Female Artist

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Whitney Houston with Arista Records President Clive Davis celebrating her self-titled debut album being certified multi-platinum in 1985 in New York City. Peter Carrette Archive/Getty Images

Whitney Houston's self-titled debut album was released on February 14, 1985 and became the best selling debut ever by a female artist, selling over 25 million copies. It featured the hits "You Give Good Love," "Saving All My Love For You," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love of All," and duets with Teddy Pendergrass and Jermaine Jackson.

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February 25, 1986 - Emmy Award Winning Performance at the Grammys

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Whitney Houston holding her first Grammy at the 28th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 25, 1986 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Chris Walter/WireImage

At the 28th annual Grammy Awards on February 25, 1986, Whitney Houston won her first Grammy, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “Saving All My Love for You." She performed the song at the show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California and earned an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program.

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June 2, 1987 - "Whitney" First Female CD to Debut at Number One on Billboard 200

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Whitney Houston with her mother Cissy Houston (left) and cousin Dionne Warwick (right). Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images
On June 2, 1987, Whitney Houston's second album Whitney was released, and it became the first album ever by a female artist to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The album featured the hits "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional," and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go."

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April 23, 1988 - Record Seven Straight Number One Singles

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Whitney Houston with (right to left ) Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, Elizabeth Taylor, and Yoko Ono. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Imafges

On April 23, 1988, Whitney Houston established an all-time record of seven consecutive number one singles on the Billboard 100. The songs are (from 1985-1988): "Saving All My Love For You," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love of All," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional," and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go."

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January 27, 1991 - Performs "Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl 25

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Whitney Houston sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl 25 on January 27, 1991 at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

As United States troops were fighting in the Persian Gulf War, on January 27, 1991, Whitney Houston galvanized the American patriotic spirit with her emotional performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl 25 before the game between the New York Giants and the Buffalo Bills at Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. it was witnessed by 750 million people watching on television across the world.

Her recording of the song reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the only performer to produce a commercial hit with the national anthem. Proceeds were donated to the soldiers and families of those involved in the Persian Gulf War.

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the anthem was re-released, and royalties were donated to the firefighters and victims of the terrorism. The song became even more successful, hitting number six and being certified platinum for sales over one million copies.

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November 17, 1992 - "The Bodyguard" Best Selling Soundtrack in History

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Bobby Brown and wife Whitney Houston with Kevin Costner and his wife Cindy Costner at "The Bodyguard" premiere on November 23, 1992 at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Kypros/Getty Images

On November 17, 1992, The Bodyguard soundtrack was released, and the film opened in theaters on November 25, 1992. Houston made her movie debut as the star of the film, portraying a singer who hires a bodyguard (played by Kevin Costner) after being tormented by a stalker. The film earned over $410 million worldwide.

The album featuring six songs by Houston became the best-selling soundtrack of all-time, selling more than 45 million copies worldwide. It earned dozens of awards including the Grammy for Album of the Year in 1994.

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March 6, 1993 - "I Will Always Love You" Number One Record 14 Straight Weeks

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Whitney Houston singing in the film 'The Bodyguard.". Fotos International/Getty Images
On March 6, 1993, Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" set the record of 14 consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 100 singles chart. The song became the best selling single of all-time by a female artist, selling over 20 million copies.

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December 8, 1993- Record 11 Billboard Music Awards

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Whitney Houston posing with her record 11 Billboard Awards on December 8, 1993 at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California. Steve Granitz/WireImage
On December 8, 1993, Whitney Houston won a record 11 trophies, including #1 World Artist, at the Billboard Music Awards at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California.

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January 5, 1994 - Five NAACP Image Awards Including Entertainer of the Year

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Whitney Houston with one of the five trophies she won at the 26th annual NAACP Image Award on January 5, 1994 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Vinnie Zuffante/GettyImages
On January 5, 1994, Whitney Houston won five honors, including Entertainer of the Year, at the 26th annual NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

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February 7, 1994 - Record Eight American Music Awards

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Whtney Houston with the record eight American Music Awards she won February 7, 1994 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.. Kevin Winter/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

On February 7, 1994, Whitney Houston tied Michael Jackson for the most American Music Awards won in one night when she received eight trophies, including the special Award of Merit, at the 21st annual American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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March 1, 1994 - Three Grammys Including Record of the Year and Album of the Year

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Whitney Houston holding one of the three trophies she won at the 36th annual Grammy Awards on March 1, 1994 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Larry Busacca/WireImage
On March 1, 1994, Whitney Houston won three Grammys for The Bodyguard soundtrack: Album of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for "I Will Always Love You" at the 36th annual Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

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March 15, 1994 - Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award

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Whitney Houston. Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic

Whitney Houston received the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year at the 1994 Soul Train Music Awards on March 15, 1994 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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November 1994- Three South Africa Concerts In Tribute to Nelson Mandela

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Nelson Mandela with Whitney Houston during her series of three concerts for Mandela in South Africa in November 1994. Juda Ngwenya

After singing at a state dinner at The White House in honor of newly elected South African president Nelson Mandela in October 1994, one month later, Whitney Houston performed three concerts for over 200,000 people in South Africa in tribute to Mandela. Titled Whitney - The Concert for a New South Africa, the first performance was November 8 in Durban followed by a concert November 12 in Johannesburg which was televised on HBO. The final concert was presented November 19 in Cape Town.

Houston was the first entertainer to perform in the newly unified, apartheid free South Africa. She donated proceeds from the concerts to several South African children's charities.

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November 14, 1995 - "Waiting To Exhale" Film and Soundtrack

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Loretta Devine, Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, and Loretta Devine in the film "Waiting To Exhale.". 20th Century Fox

On November 14, 1995, the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack was released, and the film opened December 22, 1995. The film starring Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine, and Lela Rochon debuted at number one and earned over $80 million. The soundtrack sold over ten million copies featuring three songs by Houston including the number one single "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)." It won numerous honors including a Grammy for Best RandB Song for "Exhale," and NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Album, Outstanding Soundtrack, Outstanding Song ("Exhale)" and Outstanding Female Artist (Houston).

The all-star album also featured Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Toni Braxton, Mary J. Blige, Brandy, TLC, Faith Evans, Chante Moore, SWV, and Ce Ce Winans.

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September 13, 1996 - BET Walk of Fame

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Whitney Houston with Stevie Wonder. Frank Micelotta/Getty Images
On September 13, 1996, Whitney Houston was inducted into the BET Walk Of Fame in Washington, D.C.

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February 8, 1997 - NAACP Image Award for Outstand Actress

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Director Penny Marshall with Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington at the premiere of the film "The Preacher's Wife" on December 9, 1996 in New York City. Buena Vista/Getty Images
On February 8, 1997, Whitney Houston received three trophies for The Preacher's Wife: Outstanding Album, Outstanding Gospel Artist, and her first award for acting, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture, at the 28th annual NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

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February 27, 1998 - Quincy Jones Award for Career Achievement

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Whitney Houston with the Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievement at the 1998 Soul Train Music Awards on February 27, 1998 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. L. Cohen/WireImage

On February 27, 1998, Whitney Houston received the Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievement at the 1998 Soul Train Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.

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June 19, 2001 - BET Lifetime Achievement Award

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Whitney Houston accepts Lifetime Achievement Award from Babyface during the 1st Annual BET Awards on June 19, 2001 at the Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Caulfield/WireImage

On June 19, 2001, Babyface presented Whitney Houston with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2001 BET Awards at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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2006- Guinness World Record: Most Awarded Female Artist of All-Time

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Whitney Houston with Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
In 2006, the Guinness Book of World Records proclaimed Whitney Houston as "The Most Awarded Female Artist of All-Time."

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January 16, 2010 - BET Honors

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Whitney Houston accepts the BET Honor for entertainment during the 2010 BET Honors at the Warner Theatre on January 16, 2010 in Washington, DC. Kris Connor/Getty Images

On January 16, 2010, Ne-Yo presented Whitney Houston with the BET Honor for entertainment during the 2010 BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C.